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Father and son charged with assault in land dispute

Published:Saturday | February 25, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:

A family dispute over a house and a plot of land has landed a feuding father and son before the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court.

Richard and Leroy Cummings, both of Rhyne Park in St James, are charged with assaulting each other.

The allegations of the matter were not read out in court when the case was mentioned on Monday.

When Resident Magistrate Vivienne Harris asked the two if they would be minded to attend mediation sessions, the younger Cummings declined.

He explained that counselling sessions had previously been proposed for them to settle their differences, but they were unsuccessful.

Leroy Cummings also said that there had been a long-standing dispute between him and his father over a house and some land in the Rhyne Park community. He also disclosed that he had had a protection order issued against his father.

The court was told that the medical certificates for both men's cases were now on file.

Harris set the matter for mention on March 6, at which time the two men are to be served with case documents and will also receive trial dates for their respective assault matters. They were both instructed to have their fingerprints registered by the police.